Ok I admit it! I am also a sucker for picturesque villages with castles, churches and –guess what – a river running through them!!
Arundel had all of these features! It is a tiny village with only a couple of hours needed to visit. Unless of course you want also to visit the Arundel castle and/or the Wetland Center located just a few miles from the village center.
I actually visited all of them!!
So…the village, as I said is tiny, with only a couple of streets with shops and restaurants. I was there in the end of August when the Arundel festival takes place and especially on the Bank Holiday (last day of August) there was a street fair and a lot of people (as opposed to the two previous days).
The Arundel Castle is home to the Duke of Norfolk, which as I have been informed is the first Duke in line for the British throne after the Windsor family. The castle is, um, a typical castle with surrounded by gardens (in case you just want a walk through). I really have to admit that the entrance fee was expensive! It costs 15 GBP to visit ALL of the castle, which included Castle Rooms, Castle Chambers, the Castle Keep, the Fitzalan Chapel (which dates from the 14th century) and the gardens. But you have more options…In case you don’t want to visit the Chambers but all the rest it costs 14 GBP or 9 GBP if you exclude the Rooms as well. And you have the option of 7,50 GBP if you visit only the chapel and the gardens. I took the 15 GBP option, but I would prefer a more value for money option which would included the Castle only!!
The truth is that I enjoyed the gardens the most, as the castle provided no novelty for me!! Where the garden proved to be more spectacular (the Collector Earl’s Gardens specifically), where there was a building called Oberon’s Palace (Oberon being the fairy king from Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”).
And now about the Wetland Center…I haven’t seen so many and friendly ducks in my life!! It is definitely a family oriented destination! Or a destination for people who are interested in ducks, bird watching and reed beds (which to me translates as moors)! The center also offers “Safaris” by boat in order to see the animals and birds in their natural environment.
For some more practical information, Arundel has a number of B&B’s if one wants to stay the night over! I personally stayed at “Hanger Down House”, a family home which has 2 rooms, one double and one family room. And if you do get hungry in Arundel, I strongly recommend “The Bay Tree”!
Enjoy! (more photos below…)
Arundel, West Sussex, BN18 9AB
Mill Road, Arundel, West Sussex BN18 9PB
Priory Lane, Arundel West Sussex, BN18 0BG
21 Tarrant Street, Arundel, West Sussex, BN18 9DG